It’s a common misconception that painting your home is as easy as calling a professional service. Although we do take care of the physical process of painting, the property owner is still responsible for making key decisions that determine the outcome of the project. It’s the homeowner’s prerogative to plan out the small details, although our advice is always available. Having a plan for your next paint job can speed up our work and also ensure that the end result reflects your personal style. Here are a few ideas to help make your next painting project hassle free.
If you’re going to commit to a paint color, you want to make sure that you won’t regret your choice. Take advantage of the paint samples that are offered by most home improvement stores. Paint several pieces of paper or cardboard with your chosen colors and hang them inside your home. Lighting, time of day, and your mood can all influence your perception. Using this method, you’ll be able to determine what color suits you best. This can also be done for exterior painting. A few pieces of wood can be painted with your sample colors to serve the same purpose as the paint or cardboard that you used indoors.
When painting it’s important to consider the order in which the job will progress. While Interior painting projects will interrupt your day-to-day life, planning ahead can help mitigate the intrusion. Make an effort to always leave yourself access to necessities. Prioritize the bathroom and kitchen to be completed before anything else. Request that these rooms are painted early in the morning so they’ll be available when you return home from work. If work must be done while you’re home, leave yourself reasonable substitutes. While the kitchen dries you can still make a sandwich in the dining room.
Bedroom accommodations can become difficult if you lack a guest room. We often see paint smells under estimated when it comes to sleeping in a newly painted room. Beds typically are not removed but only covered during active painting, and this leaves unprepared homeowners without a place to sleep. Plan to move your mattress into another room or buy an air mattress. Once the paint goes on the only thing that will solve your sleeping problems is time.
Painting a room involves much more than just putting paint on a wall. Using decorative accents can make certain aspects of a room stand out and add character. Trim and even entire walls, known as “accent walls” can be painted in a color that contrasts well with your room’s main paint scheme. Take this a step further by choosing light, neutral, colors that allow you to further manipulate the physical characteristics of a room. Brighter colors will reflect more light, making a room appear larger. White and beige are useful for this, with white being especially useful for painting trim. White trim and another light color for the walls can create the illusion of added depth.
Taking the time to plan your next paint job will make the process itself much easier. Determine your design choices, and prepare your home before the painters arrive to reduce painting time. If you’re in the Denver area and are in need of advice surrounding color or design choice, feel free to contact us. We’re happy to answer any of your questions and can also offer you a free estimate.
“We have worked with Brel on several occasions and have been impressed with the product each time. His quotes are reasonable and comprehensive – all supplies and paint color switches were included, which we learned is not always the case. We relied on Brel for advice and consultation on color schemes and were very happy with the results! His team is courteous, professional and timely. We look forward to engaging his team for future projects.” –Shannon Bernard